Well, well, well… what have we here? An invitation to a special Apple media event in San Francisco next Wednesday, March 7 at 10am PST. Sounds to us like a new iPad is incoming, although there are also plenty of rumors about a third-generation Apple TV (not the kind with a display, mind you). But hey, maybe we’ll get some improvements to iTunes Match as well, judging from this “adaptive streaming” report below. Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s tech news for Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
Comic-Con may sadly be over after yesterday, but we've still got some good comic related news! Today we're hearing that the popular and critically lauded digital pinball game, Marvel Pinball, will be coming soon-ish to iOS. The only release date so far is "by the end of 2012" but that's better than nothing.
Even if you've never stepped foot in a comic book store in your life, you don't have to sit out on the action. Comic book readers for iOS let anyone indulge in stories of adventure and superheroes. In honor of Comic-Con, we found 10 of the best -- some are free apps that let you buy comics as in-app purchases, and others are paid library apps where you upload digital comics you already own. But at least one should suit every true believer's needs.
If you’ve been pumped up since seeing Marvel’s comic book hero Thor brought to life on the big screen last weekend, you may equally excited by the company’s small-screen edition, in the form of a new game that just hit the App Store.
Late Thursday, New York-based developer comiXology released its free PullList app for iOS. The app allows comic fans to create virtual pull lists, or pre-order comics for pick up from comiXology-connected local stores.
"The PullList App was created as a great discovery tool for new comics because it provides complete transparency into what’s being pulled on a weekly basis exposing comic fans to new titles that may be of interest to them," said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology.
Stan Lee is best known as the father of Marvel comics. He's created most of the mainstay superheroes of that brand including world famous icons like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-men, Iron Man, and Thor. In 2010, Marvel asked Stan Lee to try to strike gold again, and tasked him with the creation of a new generation of superheroes. One of those heroes, The Traveler, is now being featured in a new iOS action game.
The genres that didn't benefit from the Kindle e-book market grayscale explosion were comics and manga. The early rumors of the iPad with its big full-color screen had to have comics publishers big and small salivating at the new publishing opportunities. So, it was pretty much guaranteed once Marvel joined the iDevice hit parade that DC Comics couldn't be too far behind. Batman fans rejoice, that day has arrived.
With the announcement of iBooks and its 60,000+ in-app downloads, Apple
set the standard for the iPad as an important reading device, and
luckily, other developers heard the calling. Several worthwhile reading
applications are now available, with many putting their paper
counterparts to shame with vivid artwork, embedded video, and
interactive elements. Still unsure of whether the iPad can kick some of
your traditional print reading habits to the curb? We've already given
iBooks its own full review, but here's a look at some of the other
initial reading offerings on the iPad.
There is a lot of noise about Apple's mythical tablet being some kind
of idealized electronic reader (the Kindle killer). But right now, some print
publishers (apart from Amazon) are getting in on the ground floor.
While none of the offerings are currently the newest material in their
catalog, Marvel Comics is partnering with some app developers for the
iPhone to bring comics to the small screen. If the sampling is any
indication of how well comics can be done on a 3.5-inch screen, I can
hardly wait for Apple to bust out the 10.7-inch tablet.